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Emotional climate in Pre-service science teacher education

Bellocchi, A., Ritchie, S.M., Tobin, K., King, D., Sandhu, M. and Henderson, S. (2013) Emotional climate in Pre-service science teacher education. In: National Association for Research in Science Teaching Annual International Conference 2013, 5 - 9 April 2013, Rio Grande, Puerto Rico


Emotions and emotional climates are underesearched aspects of pre-service science teacher education. We explore pre-service science teachers’ perceptions of emotional climates in a science education class and their associated perceptions of quality learning experiences. We use data sources such as students’ perceptions of the emotional climate, analysis of conversation, and cogenerative dialog from multiple theoretical perspectives related to the sociology of emotions. Quality learning experiences as perceived by pre-service teachers included the professor’s science demonstrations, that were associated with highly positive emotional climate ratings, as well as the professor’s reflections on her practice, that were associated with lower ratings of emotional climate. We co-relate emotional climate data and students’ comments during cogenerative dialog to expand our understanding of quality experiences in science teacher education. Our study also contributes refinements to the theorization of emotional climate.

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